The University welcomes 22 new members to the Founders’ Circle

Awarding individuals and companies who have donated one million dollars to the university for research.

On Saturday 6 August, the University of Sydney welcomed new inductees into the Founders’ Circle – a society that honours benefactors of lasting influence.

Sophie Scott (BA 89), National Medical Reporter for the ABC, welcomed the guests to the Great Hall and served as the Master of Ceremonies. Sophie is a spokesperson and ambassador for Bowel Cancer Australia, one of the new Founders’ Circle members inducted on the night.

The evening highlighted the unique work of Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte, ARC Federation Fellow and Director of the Centre for Translational Data Science at the University. Professor Durrant-Whyte’s work explores the potential of data – from health and medicine to geology and mining, and from physics and law to material and political science.

The newly inducted Founders’ Circle members join the distinguished list of philanthropists who came before them and will be forever associated with the University. This year we proudly inducted the following individuals and organisations:

Robert Albert AO CStJ RFD RD (BA ’58 LLB ’61 HonFellow ’02) and Elizabeth Albert (BA ’64) for their support  of music education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, for augmenting the Frank Albert Prizes in Anthropology, Archaeology, Economics and Music,and for their general philanthropic contributions to the University

Asthma Foundation NSW for its support of asthma research at Sydney Medical School

Australian Cancer Research Foundation for its support of cancer research at Sydney Medical School

Blackmores for its support to establish the Maurice Blackmore Chair of Integrative Medicine and the Blackmores Lectureship in the Faculty of Pharmacy

Bowel Cancer Australia for its support to establish the Lawrence Penn Chair of Bowel Cancer Research at the Royal North Shore Hospital Campus

Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation for its support to establish the Macquarie Group Foundation Chair of Cerebral Palsy at Sydney Medical School, the Ainsworth Chair of Technology and Innovation in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, and the Professor Henry J Cowan Memorial Scholarships in the Faculty of Health Sciences

The Clive and Vera Ramaciotti Foundations for their support of scientific research and discovery at the University, especially in the fields of health and medicine

Richard (PhD ’73 BSc ’64) and Penny Hunstead for their support of the Sydney Institute for Astronomy and the School of Physics in the Faculty of Science, and for their support of scholarships at the University

Barry and Joy Lambert for their support of research in the field of medicinal cannabinoids within the Faculty of Science and Sydney Medical School

James GN Lee (BE ’65 BSc ’63) for his support to establish a Chair of Chinese Culture and visiting scholar program in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Ming Tee Lee (BE ’64) for his support of the Professor Harry Messel International Science School in the Faculty of Science

Lendlease for its support to establish the Lendlease Bradfield Urbanisation Scholarship and support of the Civil Engineering Foundation at the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies

MS Research Australia for its support of the Department of Anatomy and Histology, and research into neurology and psychological medicine at Sydney Medical School

The National Heart Foundation of Australia for its support of research into the health and mechanics of the heart, at Sydney Medical School

Nelson Meers Foundation for its support of the Chau Chak Wing Museum, the Creative Arts Program at the Brain and Mind Centre, the Widening Participation Project in the Department of English, the Digital Portfolio Project at the Power Institute, publication of four books with Power Publications, and a lectureship in Art History

The Pain Management Research Institute for its support of the Department of Anaesthesia at the University’s Northern Clinical School

Alex (BDS ’82) and Sue Abrahams for their support through The Rosebrook Foundation to establish a Chair of Lifespan Oral Health in the Faculty of Dentistry and the Charles Perkins Centre, and the Rosebrook Foundation Indigenous Accommodation Scholarship

Robert Salteri for his support of research into nutrition for healthy ageing, treatment of Parkinson’s disease, and prevention of cerebral palsy, at Sydney Medical School

Ross Steele AM (BA ’60) for his tireless championing of philanthropy, specifically in the field of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Sydney

Susan & Isaac Wakil Foundation for its support to establish the Susan Wakil Health Building within the University’s new Health Precinct and the Susan Wakil Scholarship Program at Sydney Nursing School

Westpac Bicentennial Foundation for establishing the Westpac Future Leaders Scholarships and the Westpac Research Fellowships

Chancellor Belinda Hutchinson AM (BEc ’76) and Roger Massy-Greene (BE ’71 BSc ’70) for their support to establish the Eureka Benevolent Foundation STEM Scholarships in the Faculty of Education and Social Work

Belinda Hutchinson AM (BEc ’76), Chancellor and Dr Michael Spence (BA ’85 LLB ’87), Vice-Chancellor and Principal acknowledged the incredible generosity of this group.

“Each one of you understands that without philanthropy, we cannot continue to lead the nation in ground-breaking research and excellent teaching.

“With your support, we are creating opportunities for the leaders and educators of tomorrow, through fantastic scholarships and mentoring programs, covering fields as diverse as nursing, architecture and mathematics,” said Belinda Hutchinson.


Ceremony to honour individuals and companies who have donated a million dollars or more for University Research.